Chris Hayes: Get it together
With more attacks on the Affordable Care Act every day, Chris Hayes explains why there is no turning back for Democrats and progressives.
WASHINGTON — With the debate over the Affordable Care Act law morphing from a constitutional matter before the Supreme Court to an implementation matter before state houses, President Barack Obama and allied Democrats are refiguring their sales pitch.
In response to criticisms that the law hamstrings governors, defenders of the president’s health care law will be championing a states-rights amendment that already enjoys Republican support.
Under current law, states are allowed to opt out of various requirements of the Affordable Care Act by 2017, provided that they meet minimal standards for coverage. The Empowering States to Innovate Act would move that date to 2014.
For the Obama White House, the amendment has a number of politically appealing aspects. The most obvious is that it provides an avenue to the type of federalist approach that the Republican Party, and its standard-bearer Mitt Romney, has argued should have been adopted in the first place. More bluntly, the co-sponsor of the amendment, along with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is Sen. Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican who happens to share a senior adviser with Romney. FULL ARTICLE
By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 6/7/12 11:44 AM EDT
The Affordable Care Act is “about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the American people,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill. She said it “unlocks” them from a job to pursue happiness without the threat of losing their health insurance.
Pelosi blamed the health care reform law’s poor public support on opponents who have misrepresented the legislation.
“I’m very proud of the Affordable Care Act. I think the understanding of it has been jeopardized by misrepresentations that have been out there relentlessly,” she told reporters when asked about Thursday’s CBS/New York Times poll…
What Do 20.4 Million Women Have in Common?
President Obama’s health care law requires that new health insurance plans cover preventive services with no co-pay or deductible. In the last 18 months, a new provision of the Affordable Care Act has done just that for approximately 20.4 million women with private health insurance.
- Protecting Women’s Health (thedailybeast.com)
- This Industry Will Charge You For Being A Woman (huffingtonpost.com)
- Affordable Care Act: How LGBT people benefit – San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (drugstoresource.wordpress.com)
- NWLC Report: Discriminatory health insurance practices cost women $1 billion a year (yubanet.com)
- Secretary Sebelius unveils “MyCare” stories (nvrdc.wordpress.com)
- Gender Gap Persists in Cost of Health Insurance (newomenforchange.org)
- High court has options on health care law (news.yahoo.com)
- Updated Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act (bespacific.com)
Highlights of the Tea Party
Republicans’ Extremist Agenda
- Destroy Medicare and replace it with a voucher program that increase costs for seniors.
- Privatize Social Security and turn your retirement security over to Wall Street.
- Protect and expand tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas.
- Support a massive tax increase on the middle class while defending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
- Dismantle President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and turn your health care over to private insurance companies.
- Defend Wall Street executive bonuses, and block Wall Street reform.
- Deny women access to basic health and reproductive care services.
- Expand the profits of Big Oil through tax-payer subsidies and special tax breaks.
- Dismantle the EPA and allow corporations to dump poison into our air and water.
- Bankrupt the U.S. Treasury by refusing to raise the debt limit.